Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: California oarfish

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. This post, however, is particularly interesting and the author should be congratulated....


CRYPTOLINK: Hunt continues for the Tasmanian Tiger

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me...

A scientist has raised the hopes of those who believe the Tasmanian tiger is still alive.
Tasmanian wildlife biologist Nick Mooney has written a chapter for a new book on thylacines, stating there is a slim chance they are still out there. The thylacine had a bounty put on its head early last century and was declared extinct in the 1930s.
Mr Mooney says after decades studying and searching for the animal he cannot say it is definitely gone. "I think there's enough opportunities in Tasmania for a very, very narrow chance that the animal's there," he said.
"It's probably gone, it just might be there."


In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

  • NEWSLINK: The cat's meow
  • NEWSLINK: BIG CAT POLL: US charity appeal

  • DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, wildman, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs and a visit to the singular universe of Cedar & Willow

    New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
    New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
    New at Cedar and Willow:
    New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
    New at Benny's Other Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:


    The Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    It's quite odd being carless, but the really weird thing is that, at the moment at least, it doesn't impact on our lives that much. Corinna has an appointment in Barnstaple so she went in on the bus, and I am doing this week's shopping online. Apart from that things are much the same. I am sure that we will get a car sooner rather than later, but I am waiting until the right one comes along. I am just approaching the magnificently peculiar climax of the Illuminatus Trilogy, and I expect to have finished it today or tomorrow. I am enjoying it massively, but will be glad when it is over because I have been reading it solidly and have a backlog of other things to read...

    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
    ON THE RADIO: YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman had to choose between YES and BOWIE…we know he chose YES, but why?
    Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels Comes to Life in Green Umbrella at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
    *  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

    *  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

    *  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


    On this day in 1869 the Cardiff Giant (a large model sculpted from gypsum that was purported to be a fossil of a gigantic man) was dug up as part of a very profitable hoax.
    And now the news:

  • Real Dragon Over Truro, England on Oct. 11, 2013
  • London Zoo newborn Sumatran tiger cub found dead
  • Planet Attenborough shaped our world view
  • Cameron signals the return of fox-hunting
  • Sharks devour dolphin in Falmouth Bay: VIDEO (via ...
  • Exposing myths: Chinese connections in African ivo...
  • Giant Amazon Fish Species Discovered
  • Rare Blood-Engorged Mosquito Fossil Found

  • Me, talking about “Giant Spams”, apparently (Max Lake, as he is called by the press, thought he would be funny and change the title page of the power point display from Scams to Spams). :